Our 4th Unlock Construction project, is generously funded by Central London Forward, and has immersed our young people on an inspiring site visit leading to an exploration of potential future career paths!
Working with the Westminster Youth Offending Team, our 4th cohort of young people on the Central London Forward Unlock Construction programme, had the opportunity to experience life on a construction site at the Multiplex Broadway development site in Westminster. Many of these young people had never been on site before so were unsure about what they might be letting themselves in for!
During the visit, the group met industry professionals from Loughton contractors and learnt about their work looking after the flooring needs of the development. The young people were taught the steps of flooring and the volunteers shared their own experience of how they got to where they are today.
One young person who originally wanted to be a car mechanic, was so inspired by speaking to an engaging volunteer about his industry experiences that he realised he could use his mechanical engineering qualification on a construction site instead! He made such a great impression on Multiplex Social Value and Community Manager Luciana, that she introduced him to part of the Multiplex supply chain JA Brooks for a mechanical engineering traineeship opportunity!
Another young person who had his mind set on bricklaying, found flooring fascinating and has a new career focus. He is now working with his Construction Youth Trust coach to explore the different routes into flooring and working on his CV to really make it stand out to employers.
At the Trust, we believe it is so important for our young people to experience firsthand the range of opportunities within Construction and the Built Environment. Through meaningful connection with industry professionals, and the opportunity to experience how a construction site really operates, our young people can discover whether an industry career is the right route for them.
We are looking forward to hearing how these young bright sparks get on with their aspiring careers!